CURRICULUM VITAE Fellow: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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CURRICULUM VITAE

EMAIL: paula.dawson@rehabcaribbean.com EDUCATION

1992 - 1995 B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biochemistry/Zoology The University of the West Indies, Mona ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

1995 – 2000 M.B.B.S.

The University of the West Indies, Mona

2003 – 2007 Residency Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York, USA

2007 - 2008 Fellow Friedman-Keiser Intervention Spine and Sports Medicine

Northwestern University/McGaw Graduate Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Chicago USA

2008 Fellow: American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

BOARD CERTIFICATION

Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation BOARD ELIGIBILITY

American Board of Sports Medicine RELEVANT SKILLS

Interventional Spine Injections, Lumbar and Cervical Lumbar Discography

Radiofrequency Rhizotomy

Electrodiagnostics: Nerve Conduction/EMG Musculoskeletal Joint Injection

Musculoskeletal Spasticity Injection: Botulinium Toxin and Phenol Injection CURRENT APPOINTMENT (ACADEMIC)

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2008- present Lecturer in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine

Faculty of Medical Sciences

The University of the West Indies, Mona CURRENT APPOINTMENT (PROFESSIONAL)

July 2012- present Medical Director

Rehabilitation Institute of the Caribbean Suite 2C, Liguanea Post Office Mall 115 Hope Road, Kingston 6

2008- present Attending Physiatrist,

Consultant Interventional Spine Specialist and Sports Medicine Physician

The University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona

2008 - present Co-Founder and Consultant, UWI Sports Medicine Clinic

Mona Institute of Medical Sciences

The University Hospital of the West Indies, Mona

PUBLICATIONS

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

1. New Discipline in Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dawson PUA. West Indian Med J 2009; 58(6):497

2. Fluoroscopic Guided Intra-articular Sacroiliac Joint Steroid Injection for Sacroiliitis in Ankylosing Spondylitis: Dawson P. U. A., Dewar N., Tulloch-Reid D.. West Indian Med J 2012 (accepted and awaiting publication)

3. Botulinum Toxin Type A and Phenol Injection for the Treatment of Spasticity in two (2) Traumatic Brain Injury patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, Bruce C, McNaught-Mitchell M, Stephenson G. Webley K. (accepted and awaiting publication)

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1. Migration of an esophageal stent and associated symptom referral presenting as suspected cervical radiculopathy. Lipetz J, Dawson PUA, Beer J, Silber J. Archives of AAPMR Nov 2006; 87 (11):26

2. Botulinum Toxin type A and phenol injection for the treatment of spasticity in two (2) traumatic brain injury patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, McNaught-Mitchell M, Stephenson G. UWI FMS

Research. West Indian Med J. 2012; 61 (Supple. 6) 49

3. The efficacy of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection in the treatment of low back and lumbar radicular pain at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, Walters C. UWI FMS Research. West Indian Med J. 2012; 61 (Suppl. 6) 34

Papers Submitted

1. Fluoroscopy-guided Sacroiliac Joint Steroid injection for Low back pain in a patient with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. P. U. A. Dawson, C. Rose, N. Dewar.

2. Programmatic Design for Teaching the Fundamental Skills and Concepts of Lumbar Spine Procedures to Physiatry Residents: A Prospective Multi-year Study. Christopher J. Visco, M.D., David J. Kennedy, M.D., Gary P. Chimes, M.D., Ph.D., Joshua Rittenberg, M.D., James McLean, M.D., Paula Dawson, M.D., Shana Margolis, M.D., Paul Lento, M.D., Joseph Ihm, M.D., James Sliwa, D.O., Wesley Smeal, M.D., Bradley Sorosky, M.D., Christopher Plastaras, M.D.

3. The efficacy of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection in the treatment of low back and lumbar radicular pain at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, Walters C

Poster Presentations

1. Botulinum Toxin type A and phenol injection for the treatment of spasticity in two (2) traumatic brain injury patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, McNaught-Mitchell M, Stephenson G. UWI Principal Research Day. 2013

2. Botulinum Toxin type A and phenol injection for the treatment of spasticity in two (2) traumatic brain injury patients at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, McNaught-Mitchell M, Stephenson G. UWI FMS

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3. Migration of an esophageal stent and associated symptom referral presenting as suspected cervical radiculopathy. Lipetz J, Dawson PUA, Beer J, Silber J. Annual Assembly. Archives of AAPMR. Nov 2006; 87 (11):26

Presented at the 67th Annual Assembly for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Poster presentation, November 2006 and the

Northshore/Long Island Jewish Health System Academic poster presentation, June 2007

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2012 Nominee for 2012 National Disability Award, Jamaica Disability Friendly Awards 2012

2012 Jamaica Celebrating 50, 50 Most Outstanding Jamaican Women Calameo, HC Culture C.I.C. London United Kingston,

Science Technology and Innovation

2012 Racer’s Track Club Outstanding Award for Sports Medicine 2011 Caribbean ICONS in Science Award

NIHERST Caribbean Women in Science and Technology 2008 Baskins Research Award, Rehabilitation Institute of

Chicago/Northwestern University

2008 Essentials of Pain Medicine Course Scholarship: American Academy of Pain Medicine 24th Annual Meeting

1995 Service Award, University of the West Indies PRESENTATIONS AT LEARNED SOCIETIES AND CONFERENCES

March 2013 Physical Activity in the Obese 2013. Montego Bay Convention Center, Caribbean Obesity Forum

Feb 2013 Spinal Cord Injury Classification and Rehabilitation goals for the different level of injury. Mona Visitors Lodge, Jamaica

Orthopedics Association (JOA) Annual Conference Jan 2013 The efficacy of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection in the

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University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, Walters C. 11th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium Nov 2012 The efficacy of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection in the

treatment of low back and lumbar radicular pain at the

University Hospital of the West Indies. Dawson P U A, Crandon I, McDonald A, Walters C. UWI FMS Research. West Indian Med J. 2012; 61 (Suppl. 6) 34

May/Oct 2012 Classification and Management of Spinal Cord Injury. The Sir John Rehabilitation Center Annual Conference, National Chest Hospital/CRH

July 2012 The Physiatrist team approach to managing acute stroke Acute Stroke Care in Jamaica: UHWI

January 2012 Spasticity Management in 10th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium, CANS

June 2010 Principles of Upper and Lower Limb Prosthesis. The Sir John Rehabilitation Center Annual Conference, National Chest Hosp. June 2010 Fluoroscopic guided treatment of Low Back Pain. Grand Rounds,

Cornwall Regional Hospital

March 2010 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, SCOME, UWI

January 2010 The Efficacy of Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection. 8th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium, CANS

November 2009 The Caribbean Growing need for Occupational Therapy, Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapist

October 2009 Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; A multidisciplinary patient care, Austin Texas

June 2009 Spine Care in Jamaica, going the pioneer route. International CRETA Spine Meeting

April 2009 Step up to the three V’s in the 21st Century Jamaica Midlife Health Society

February 2009 Acute Sports Medicine Injuries. OSDJ Medical Conference January 2009 Physiatrist Approach to patient with Low Back Pain. 7th

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Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium.

November 2008 Preceptor for Musculoskeletal Shoulder Examination. 69th Annual Assembly American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: San Diego, California

2008 Percutaneous Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Treatment of Lumbar Zygapophyseal Joint Mediated Pain. UWI Medical Alumni Annual Conference

2008 Cervical Spine X-rays, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Annual Sports and Spine Conference, Chicago, IL

June 2008 Stroke Rehabilitation, Medical Association of Jamaica Annual Symposium

Managing Acute Sports Injuries, Medical Association of Jamaica Annual Symposium

January 2008 Spine Kinesiology and Rehabilitation and Functional, Mechanical and Neuro Rehabilitation, does it makes “cents”. 6th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium speaker

September 2007 Thoracic Syrinx presentation as Leg Pain in Runner. 68th Annual Assembly American Academy of Physical Medicine &

Rehabilitation (AAPMR), Boston MA

August 2007 Nonoperative Management of Back Pain, Hawaii The National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly, Hawaii

January 2007 Surgical vs. Nonoperative treatment of Lumbar Radiculopathy. 5th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium

LECTURES DELIVERED

March 2009 Team approach to management of lumbosacral pain (UWI Orthopaedics Residents)

May 2009 Spasticity Management (UWI Pediatric Residents) March 2009 Management of lower back pain

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Cervical Spine Injuries, Evaluation and Management (UWI Accident and Emergency Residents)

August-September Lumbosacral Spine and Low Back Pain, (RIC lecture series)

Cervical pain and Neck Pain (RIC lecture series)

August 2007 Spine Kinesiology, RIC lecture series

Spine and Posterior Neck and Back Musculature (RIC lecture series)

Ankle and Foot Kinesiology (RIC lecture series)

June - July 2007 The Musculoskeletal Examination (Northwestern Medical Students)

2007 Anatomy Lab Instructor: Spine, posterior neck and back, hip, buttock, posterior thigh, anterior thigh, knee, leg, ankle, foot, shoulder, arm, elbow, flexor forearm, extensor forearm, wrist, hand, brachial plexus and lumbosacral plexus. (RIC residents) 2006 Shoulder and Elbow pain syndrome

(LIJ didactic lectures)

Traumatic Brain Injury & Rehabilitation (LIJ didactic lectures)

2004 Upper Extremity Anatomy & Physiology (LIJ didactic lectures)

Lower Extremity Amputation (LIJ didactic lectures)

CONFERENCES/SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS ATTENDED 2006-2009, 2012 AAMPR Annual Assembly

2009 OSDJ Jamaica

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Medical Association of Jamaica Annual Symposium

Medical Association of Jamaica Annual Symposium, Acute Sports Injury Workshop

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Spine and Sports Annual Conference

May 2008 American College of Sports Medicine

April 2008 RIC Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Symposium

March 2008 Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Electrodiagnosis and Clinical Diagnosis; A High Intensity Review

Mike Hage Musculoskeletal Team Building Course/RIC February 2008 American Academy of Pain Medicine

2007-2010 Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium

October 2007 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual conference September 2007 PASSOR Spinal Procedures 101

August 2007 National Medical Association (USA) Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly

PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS/EXPERIENCE July 2007- June 2008 Clinical Instructor

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine July 2006 - June 2007 Chief Resident in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northshore Albert Einstein School of Medicine

New York, USA

July 2004 - June 2006 Resident in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northshore Albert Einstein School of Medicine

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July 2003 - June 2004 Intern in General Surgery

Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Northshore, Albert Einstein School of Medicine

New York, USA

April 2002 - June 2003 Primary Care Medical Doctor Ivy Green Medical, Jamaica

(Worked as Family Practice Physician) Oct 2001 - March 2002 Medical Officer

South East Region Health Authority, Kingston, Jamaica, (Worked in government health clinics)

July 2000 – Sept 2001 Intern: The University Hospital of the West Indies, Jamaica Internship with rotations in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Orthopedics

Nov 1989 – July 1992 Customer Service Agent, American Airlines, Montego Bay Sep 1989 – Nov 1989 Physics Teacher, Mt Alvernia High School

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS The University of the West Indies

2010 Member, Sub-Specialty Board Committee in Surgery for MSc Sports Medicine and MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine 2008 – present Lecturer in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports

Medicine SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES

(Academic and Clinical)

2009-present Peer Reviewer, American Academy of Physical Medicine, PM&R Journal

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2009-present Examiner, MSc Sports Medicine and MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine, UWI

2008 –present Lecturer, MSc Sports Medicine P and MSc Sports and Exercise Medicine, UWI

2009-present Director, UWI Biannual Spasticity Management Botulinum Injection Workshop

February 2009 Co-Director, OSDJ Medical Conference Spasticity Workshop January 2009 Co-Director, 7th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium and

Spine Injection Workshop Course

November 2008 Co-Director, 69th Annual Assembly American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, San Diego

2008 Co-Director, The James McLean Spine Injection Course for Residents: Fluoroscopic Flow Pattern, Chicago

January 2008 Co-Director, 6th Caribbean Neuroscience Symposium Spine Injection Workshop Course

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Current Member: Medical Association of Jamaica, AAPM&R, ISIS, ACSM UWIMAA

2009 Member, Medical Association of Jamaica Annual Symposium Planning Committee

Oct 2001- Mar 2002 Ex-Officio Executive Council Member, National Council on Continued Medical Education, Jamaica

Oct 2001 - Oct 2002 President, Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association, (formerly Junior Doctors’ Association)

(Representing over 700 Doctors including residents and medical doctors in all government clinics and hospitals. Working as liaison and coordinator with the Government of Jamaica for issues affecting public health and doctors.)

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2007 Member: PASSOR, NYSPMR, MSSNY OTHER

May-June 1998 Talk Show Hostess, Television Jamaica (TVJ formerly SSTV), (Hosting local FIFA Worldcup Soccer TV shows)

1997 Cheerleader Coordinator UWI Intercampus Games Sep 1997 - Mar 1998 Treasurer, Jamaica Women’s Football Association,

Sep 1995 -Jun 1999 Deputy Chairperson/ Team Captain, UWI Football (Soccer) Club

Aug 1995 – 2001 Resident Advisor/Assistant Student Services Manager, Taylor Hall of Residents, UWI,

1998, 1999, 2000 Medical Class President, Medical Class of 2000, UWI,

1997 Chairperson, Smoker Medical Class of 2000 Theater Production 1991 – 2000 Member, Jamaica Motor Rally Club

COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE

2010 Team Doctor, IAAF World Athletics Championship 2001 Player, Jamaica National Cricket Team in the Caribbean

Championships

1999 Player, Jamaica National Football Team

1994 Co-driver for the Jamaica Motor Rally Club at the 2nd Ladies Championship

Oct 2007 Volunteer Medical Doctor, Chicago Marathon

Jan 2001 - Mar 2002 Volunteer Doctor, Jamaica Sports Medicine Association, (Providing Sport Medicine for sporting events in Jamaica

including FIFA Worldcup Soccer Qualifier matches and National and International Track and Field events.)

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1994-2000 Member of the UWI Track and Field, Field Hockey, Soccer Teams (Received award for outstanding performance)

1997-2000 Champion Female Athlete, UWI

1997 Victrix Ludorum, Champion Female Athlete, UWI Intercampus Games

HOBBIES AND INTEREST

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